Shock reports this morning suggest that England fullback Freddie Steward could quit Premiership champions Leicester Tigers.
The 21-year-old could take advantage of a break clause in his contract to leave Welford Road, according to The Rugby Paper.
Their article suggests the ‘full-back who joined the Tigers from Norwich School could follow his fellow Red Rose stars George Ford and Ellis Genge out of the Welford Road exit door.’
Steward reportedly has a similar get out clause and is considering his future after contract talks broke down.
As a result, Steward could now be available as early as next summer.
With Stuart Hogg out of contract at Sandy Park in 2023, Exeter Chiefs is one possible suitor that has been mentioned.
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EVERY ENGLAND PLAYER RANKED:
Freddie Steward and Marcus Smith’s tries, either side of half-time, proved decisive as England held off a stubborn Australia to seal a series win in Sydney.
With the campaign in Australia now over, and with just over 13 months until the 2023 Rugby World Cup, RUCK runs the rule over how the England players fared this campaign.
We’ve only marked the players who appeared in the test matches against the Wallabies for England.
Jamie George – 7/10
Luke Cowan-Dickie – 5/10